The Erotic Zombies of Second Life

Second Life resident Tateru Nino has a very perceptive post on Second Life Insider yesterday. The post points out a new phenomenon in “camping chairs.” These are usually located at nightclubs, and allow users to earn a trickle of Linden dollars (usually something less than L$50 an hour, that last time I looked) simply for parking one’s avatar’s butt in a chair and remaining there for a period of time. (Most people simply walk away from their computers once they’ve sat down.) The users gets “free” money, and the club owners get high traffic ratings, which push their location up in the charts, making it easier to find, thus attracting more traffic and, hopefully, more revenue. But as Tateru writes, some club owners have recently started installing camping objects that put users’ avatars through the paces of erotic dance. “Is there a qualitative difference here between these and the regular dance-pad/camping chair vulturing?” Tateru asks. “Does this cross the line, or should we consider this more-of-the-same?” Interesting questions. Related: If you saw an avatar doing the erotic zombie dance, would that taint that avatar’s reputation for you? Consider the fact that there’s no one at the controls. It’s like the tree falling in the forest. If an avatar strokes its breasts in public while there’s no one behind the keyboard, does that make them naughty?


  1. Thunderclap

    No, but that makes the script writer one. What is next, camping chairs where the av is engaging in self pleasure? And why Camping chairs to begin with? For the price of a decent meal or a movie with popcorn and a coke, you can be premium, with 3 months of stipend.

  2. Scipio Ellison

    A person who is lending their avatar for sexual animations is no different than a person in RL who lends out puppet for a sexual puppet show. I mean, really, wtf cares? The idea that there is some sort of ethical issue being raised here is laughable. If I make a stick figure out of toothpicks and lend it to a friend who then acts out a little play on the table wherein my toothpick figure gets molested by his … it is merely a toothpick figure. Right? This is an absurd concern; an issue of nanoscale importance.

  3. Mark Wallace

    Scipio, if you consider your avatar to be equivalent to a toothpick figure, I’d suggest you have a much weaker connection to it than most Second Life residents. For many, many people, what happens to their avatar is an issue of great importance.

  4. kc